A Closer Look at Rarotonga
Those hoping to take a vacation that they will remember for the rest of their lives will want to think about spending some time on an island paradise at least once in their lives. And Rarotonga is a perfect destination for this.
Where Is Rarotonga?
Rarotonga is located in the Cook Islands, situated in the central-southern Pacific Ocean. Accessing the island involves a long flight, and from LAX you can expect at least 10-14 hours of flight time. Consider the distances to see why:
- LA To Rarotonga – 4,696 Miles
- Hawaii to Rarotonga – 2,778 Miles
- Tahiti To Rarotonga – 1500 Miles
Connecting flights and layovers can add even more flight time to your journey, so it’s a good idea to pack a book to carry you through the trip. But once that you finally arrive, you’ll be in an island paradise that you’ll never want to leave.
What to Expect
The Basics Of Rarotonga
Planning ahead is important, and will help you get the most from your journey. There are several key things that you’ll want to bear in mind when planning your trip. Understanding the following will help you immensely.
- Language – Like other Cook Island locations, the official language of Rarotonga is Maori. However, those staying at resort destinations will find plenty of staff speak English – as well as numerous other languages.
- Currency – The New Zealand Dollar is the official currency on Rarotonga. However, debit cards, credit cards, and traveler’s checks are accepted almost everywhere on the island. And the low crime rate means that travelers are safe with cash as well as their cards here.
- Weather –Expect warm nights and very hot days throughout the summer, with cooler nights during the winter months. Rains can come in quickly as well, so it’s a good idea to pack a light jacket and rain gear.
- Seasons –May through October are generally considered the peak seasons, when the weather is dryer and warmer. To save money or avoid crowds, you can visit from November through April if you prefer and don’t mind the increased chance of rain. Both are valid options offering an experience you’ll treasure forever.
What To Do
The island itself is like many other Cook Islands –surrounded by a beautiful lagoon that extends out to a reef before giving way to the deep waters of the pacific. Here, water is life and for those visiting the island it’s a major part of their vacation as well. You’ll find plenty of water related activities including things like:
- Scuba diving
- Paddle boarding
Of course, those are just a few options. There are also plenty of adventures you can take elsewhere as well, from excursions to local activities at resorts. For example:
- You can head to local breweries to check out microbrews
- Horseback riding
- Numerous hiking throughout the island’s interior and around the perimeter
- Cruises also depart and head around the lagoon, showcasing dining and entertainment experiences
- Botanical gardens
- Excursions to nearby islands like Aitutaki
Dining And Shopping
The island of Rarotonga is filled with plenty of shops and dining opportunities. While resorts offer numerous restaurants offering buffets, international dishes, and locally inspired meals, you can also head inland to check out the local shops and dining options.
From small local establishments to larger restaurants, you’ll find it all here. And there are numerous bars to be found along the beaches, at the resorts, and inland. As such, a delicious cocktail is never far away.
The Bottom Line
Simply put, if you want to experience an amazing vacation that you will always remember, you owe it to yourself to plan a trip to Rarotonga. It’s a paradise that is just waiting for you to experience.
Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa
Te Manava is located on Rarotonga’s beautiful south-eastern coast. Te Manava Luxury Villas and Spa is approximately 15 minutes drive from the main township of Rarotonga, and approximately 20 minutes from Rarotonga international airport.The villas are either two or three-bedroom, in either a beachfront or garden setting. Each villa includes kitchen and laundry facilities and individual swimming pool. The villas can be rented by the week, or by the day. You select any additional services you require from a comprehensive menu of ‘a-la-carte’ Guest Services – ranging from daily housekeeping services and Bvlgari luxury bathroom products, a 5-course dinner prepared on site by your own personal executive chef.
Pacific Resort Rarotonga
This 4 star boutique resort offers a perfect blend of modern comforts and traditional island hospitality. Situated on Muri Beach, one of the world’s most incredible sites. Muri Beach stretches one kilometer along the south-eastern coast of Rarotonga, Muri beach is offers glorious white sands, palm trees swaying, & gentle waters of a shallow, safe lagoon.Nestled discreetly on the lagoon, this boutique resort offers a perfect blend of modern comforts and traditional island hospitality. Set in six acres of lush tropical gardens, surrounded by breath-taking views and majestic mountains, Pacific Resort Rarotonga features elegantly appointed accommodations, authentic Polynesian architecture and a stunning tropical setting.A place where simple, lazy days meet luxurious evenings. And where the friendly, gracious staff meet your every request. Where you can lie in the sun, or lie in bed all morning. Where you can dance into the night on the beach, or watch the locals dance in the villages.
What’s more, our accommodation is everything you could wish for. We offer an intimate collection of 64 superb studio rooms, suites and two bedroom units and villas, each situated in a stunning poolside, palm-filled garden or panoramic beachfront location.
Crown Beach Resort & Spa
Crown Beach Resort & Spa is a luxury beachfront full service resort with over 5 acres of botanical gardens that front an endless beach on the sunset coast of Rarotonga. This beautiful resort caters for only 36 couples who seek a peaceful retreat. Enjoy a mineral water swimming pool & the blue pacific lagoon that has an array of colorful fish and coral. All villas are self contained, air conditioned and decorated in a pleasant Polynesian style with quality finish and amenities.Oceans Restaurant & Bar features quality casual cuisine specializing in theme dinners, light lunches and breakfast. The bar offers 3 happy hours of buy 1 get 1 free!Tang Lounge & Tapas Bar (opened August 2011) is known as THE place to see and be seen with ultra cool tunes, premium beverages, saucy service, warm ambience accentuated by candles and flowing fabrics. Fully air-conditioned – this space will offer an alternative cuisine option for discerning guests at Crown Beach Resort & Spa.
The resort has become well known for offering the highest standard of accommodation inspired by a positive team culture. You will find that the local staff take great pride in delivering their own unique style of Cook Island hospitality. Their goal is to serve you, and to ensure you have the perfect vacation or honeymoon.
Little Polynesian Resort
Little Polynesian has been hosting guests for over 30 years. Situated on a white sandy beach of world class beauty and surrounding foliage of palms and lush tropical greens, intimate lodgings of traditional architecture and grounds have been designed to harmoniously integrate nature’s beauty and charm. A multifaceted staff seeks to cater to your needs, whether you require great food or assistance in accessing the various resort amenities or island activities.Little Polynesian Resort is the Leading Boutique Hotel of the Cook Islands (World Travel Awards 2008,2009 &2010). This resort specializes in organizing romantic island weddings, along with offering total relaxation and privacy to its guests.(Guests must be over 15 years of age)
The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa
Only 12 minutes from the airport, & on Aroa Lagoon Marine Reserve, a crystal-clear blue lagoon offering Rarotonga’s best snorkeling where you can play with the friendly tropical fish at any time. Enjoy free activities such as snorkeling, hand-feeding the reef fish, learn to paddle an outrigger, husk a coconut, dance the ‘ura (hula), make lei,play the ukulele, or play drums. There’s also beach sports, tennis, games room, gym, guided walks and more to enjoy your vacation.For couples in love, there’s a Personal Wedding Planner to create dream tropical beach wedding right beside Aroa Lagoon, the Lagoon of Love, as well as three stunning Wedding Packages, fabulous venue options, function catering, on-site photographer.A new luxury destination spa, Spa Polynesia LUXE @ Lime Blossom Villa offers qualified therapists, extensive spa menu, outdoor spa, couple’s sauna, the luxury Blue Bathhouse and more. Perfect for hen’s parties and couples therapies.
The Rarotongan offers Kids Stay & Play Free and the Moko’s Kids Club. For children aged 4-11.
The Edgewater Resort & Spa
The Edgewater Resort & Spa is a known Cook Islands resort, offering affordable accommodations on the sheltered west coast of Rarotonga. The Edgewater’s prime location shows Rarotonga’s natural beauty. The magnificent sunsets, surrounding lush mountains, & views of a deep blue lagoon along a white sandy.The Edgewater Resort & Spa offers great dining, a safe & educational kids club, first-class entertainment, a dedicated kids’ club, health spa with handmade Rarotongan spar products, and sparkling pool. As the largest Rarotongan resort, Edgewater has more space, more activities and more to offer than any other Cook Islands holiday. Location is also another attribute about this resort. 8 minutes to Avarua, offering local markets, cafes, bars, movie theater, banks, & supermarkets.